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Hoi An Holidays
Hoi An Travel Guide
Charismatic and utterly enchanting, Hoi An is one of our favourite towns in Vietnam. We love taking a stroll, bike ride, or rickshaw through the unique old quarter full of winding lanes and Chinese-style architecture dating all the way back to the 15th century. Mercifully untouched by war and over-development, Hoi An retains a unique sense of history that makes it a true pleasure to explore.
Most of Hoi An's historic sights can be found in the atmospheric old town. Built by the 16th century Japanese community, the famous Japanese covered bridge is a beautiful example of ornamental architecture with a temple to the god of weather inside, both worshipped and feared by local sailors. Other interesting sights include the Chinese Assembly Halls, Guan Yin Temple and the Museum of History and Culture.
Whether you need a new suit or not, Hoi An's plethora of tailor shops make it an ideal place to pick up made-to-measure clothes at bargain prices. The town's strong tailoring traditions go back to its past as a thriving trading port on the silk route.
If you want to spend some time on the beach, the soft sands of Cua Dai and An Bahn are close by. A little farther is the famous China Beach, named by the American troops who visited during the Vietnam War. This beautiful spot is a must for its sunbathing, surfing and luxurious resorts.
My Son Hindu Sanctuary
In the jungle 25 miles from Hoi An, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was once capital of Champa, the ancient Hindu civilization which ruled large parts of Vietnam from the 4th to the 14th century. The impressive ruins include over 70 stone sculptures, temples and towers devoted to Hindu gods and goddesses.
Vietnamese Cooking Classes
You are bound to miss the Vietnamese cuisine when you leave Hoi An, so take a cooking lesson and take your new skills home with you. Various companies and restaurants offer classes, starting with visits to local markets and herb gardens and finishing with you dining on your own creations, like fragrant beef noodle soup (pho).